One of the best goalkeepers of our time was born on May 11, 1992. Even as a child, Courtois made a choice in favor of football before volleyball, which was played by the boy's parents. He was sent to the "Bilzen" school at the age of five. At first, his parents wanted to lure him into his sport, but because of Thibaut's stubbornness, it didn't work out. Two years later, he joined Genk, where he was initially a left-back. On the recommendation of the coaches, he tried his hand at the goal - and it worked excellently, like a Melbet test coupon. Thanks to his anthropometry, he clearly stood out among his peers, and his excellent reflexes only confirmed this.
Having spent 10 long years in the structure of "Genk," Thibaut made his debut for the main team due to injuries and disqualifications of the main goalkeepers. And this happened at the age of only 16 years. However, the euphoria passed quickly - he spent the entire next season on the bench. And in the 2010/11 season, the coach decided to make Courtois the main goalkeeper without even having a professional contract. This year turned out to be successful both for the young man and for the club - and he was immediately approached by agents of European giants.
Of course, the "miners" did not want to let their student go, but the London "Chelsea" was too convincing. The English club did not seriously count on Thibaut - it was an acquisition for the future, and the Belgian was loaned to Atletico Madrid. He spent three great seasons in the Spanish capital, seriously asserting himself at the highest level. After that, "Chelsea" returned him from the loan, and since then, their gate has been under a reliable lock. Of course, no one questioned his status as the main goalkeeper of the "pensioners."
In 2018, the transfer saga began with the transfer of Thibaut Courtois to Madrid. But this time, Real Madrid was actively interested in him, and the Belgian ended up moving. Returning to the championship he was familiar with, he quickly adapted and never once questioned his professional suitability. For example, in the 2020/21 season, he played in all the matches of the La Liga tournament and the Champions League.
While still in Belgium, he was called up to the ranks of the national team. At first, it was difficult for him to break into the start, but starting the following year, he became number one on the national team and played reliably in all the most important international competitions.
Courtois began collecting his trophies in Belgium, where he became the national champion. Subsequently, with Atlético, he won the national championship and the cup, as well as the second most prestigious European cup - the Europa League. In England, he collected a complete collection of national trophies, and when he returned to Madrid, he added a victory in the Champions League and the Club World Cup. In 2018, he was recognized as the best goalkeeper in the world, which became an additional achievement like Betwinner bónusz.
For a long time in the clubs, Thibaut played under the jersey number 13, but in recent seasons he has been playing under the classic number one for his position. In 542 games on the club level, Courtois made impressive 225 clean sheets.
Contrary to the reputation of a calm football player, Courtois' personal life is full and scandalous. In Spain, he met a local model, Marta Dominguez, who bore him a daughter and a son. However, the couple broke up even before the birth of their second child. He was often spotted in the company of other women, and once a partner in the national team, Kevin de Bruyne, accused his girlfriend of cheating on Thibaut. At this time, the goalkeeper is dating Michelle Herzig. His salary in "Real" is more than 8 million euros, while his net worth is about $113 million.
The Belgian has a valid contract until 2026, and today football prediction is that Courtois is unlikely to leave the "royal" club soon. And Madrid is not ready to let him go as he is only 30, so they will certainly demand a hefty sum from the clubs for Courtois's transfer.
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